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Mvuu Lodge

Blantyre and southern Malawi, Malawi

Situated in lush riverine vegetation and overlooking the perennial Shire River in Lilondwe National Park, Mvuu Lodge is a beautiful lodge with just eight tented cottages and offers wonderful activities focusing on the river and the surrounding area.

At a Glance

  • “Place of the hippo”, the wild animals roam casually through the camp providing you with a truly unforgettable experience

  • Explore the Shire River on a wonderful boating trip, drifting up close to elephant as they come down to drink

  • Take an exciting night drive to find the lesser known predators such as serval and caracal

  • Safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, overlooking the mighty Shire River

  • Enjoy wonderful Malawian hospitality and excellent service

  • Open aired dining deck looking out over the river

Family, Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Take a long, lazy river cruise in the evening, drifting up close to the elephants as they come down to the water for their own sundowners!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Mvuu means hippo in Tonga

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

All the intricate carvings within the room are done by a talented local carver

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Take a boat cruise on the Shire River and watch the hippos wallow and the herds of elephant come down to drink.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

There are about 380 bird species found in the Lilondwe reserve

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mvuu Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Blantyre and southern Malawi


Mvuu Lodge (named for the local word for hippo) sits on the banks of a peaceful lagoon just off the Shire River, with the eight decked tents overlooking a small backwater where shy bushbuck and hippos come to feed. The lodge is hidden in thick riverine vegetation, and often visited by elephants, particularly at night. There is a large dining area with a bar (made from an old mokoro!), situated up overlooking the backwater, and with the resident games of Malawi Bao present. Further down there is a large boma for a fire-pit and a wooden walkway leading to the swimming pool.

The eight tented cottages at Mvuu Lodge are spacious and comfortable tents, each on its own deck and with lovely views over the water. They have recently been refurbished and each has an inside and an outdoor shower.

Expect to see plentiful elephant and hippo, a good number of crocodiles, herds of elephants and some lovely bird watching with several species of bee-eater, turacos and many waterbirds including a very large and noisy breeding colony of cormorants, who have turned the palm trees white – an amazing sight as you are drifting up the river!

We recommend three nights here for some gentle game-viewing and lovely river activities – and the occasional elephant dropping in for dinner!


There are eight tented cottages at Mvuu Lodge, which are all en-suite. Each room has its own deck with lovely views to the lagoon. There is also a family room. The tents are stylishly decorated in a classic safari style to give you the ultimate safari experience.


Activities at Mvuu Lodge revolve around boating trips on the Shire River and game drives (morning and afternoon/evening). Nature walks and bike rides are also incredibly popular. Enthusiasts will be able to participate in virtually non-stop birding around Mvuu Lodge .

The Liwonde National Park, by its very nature, is about people as well, and no visit to Mvuu Lodge is complete without experiencing the local culture in one of the villages.

Location & Directions

Blantyre and southern Malawi, Malawi

Mvuu Lodge lies in the Liwonde National Park overlooking a tranquil lagoon, just off the Shire River in Southern Malawi.

When to go

Malawi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the rainy season, April to July is Malawi's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Mvuu Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Blantyre and southern Malawi

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